Mitchel Lange (Mitch)

Mitchel Lange (Mitch)

Division: Niseko Town Hall, Industry & Tourism Division
Duties: Translation/Interpretation (EN/JA), Language Support, Tourist Information, Event Planning, School Visits/Readings
Languages: English (US), Japanese
Nationality: America, Seattle

Personal History

Western Washington University          
Major: International Relations & Japanese
J. F. Oberlin University            
Major: Japanese & Japanese History
Work Experience:
English Teaching       2yrs – Tokyo, Ginza    
Retail                    3yrs – Yokohama / Bellingham, USA  

Previous Events

Halloween Party (Oct. 2017)
Christmas Potluck Party (Dec. 2017)
Picture Book World, Bazaar Team (Feb. 2018)


Hello! How’s it going?
I’m Mitchel from the US, but most people just call me Mitch. I got interested in Japan when I was younger after making friends with some Japanese people living in America, and then decided to begin studying Japanese. I kept studying and eventually went to J.F. Oberlin University as an exchange student. After my year abroad I looked around for opportunities to work in international relations and jumped at the chance to work as a CIR here in Niseko.
  My hobby is music and I love writing, singing, and listening. I mostly do rap and vocals and can play the piano and accordion. If you ever want to have a jam session, drop on by!

Where I’m From

I am from Seattle. Seattle, like Niseko, is known for outdoor sports like skiing, snowboarding, and hiking. With the mountains and ocean so close, Seattle is surrounded by nature and beautiful scenery. However, there are many big companies which got their start in the city like Starbucks, Boeing, and Amazon, to name but a few.
Do you know where Seattle is? It is located on the Western Seaboard with Canada straight to the North. Unlike the people of the East who are known to be impatient, curt when they talk, and always in suits, people in the West take things at their own pace, consider what they say more and dress more casually, even at work. Though the US is a huge country with wildly varied cultures and beliefs, I think Seattle is exemplary of the West Coast. According to my Japanese friends, the people of Seattle are calmer and seem to care more about those around them.